|DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Atlanta, GA 30333
For half a century, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been in the vanguard of our nations efforts to combat disease. CDC had its genesis in the World War II agency, Malaria Control in War Areas (MCWA), which was converted to the Communicable Disease Center in 1946. Over the years, CDC has matured to become the nations prevention agency, spearheading endeavors to prevent and control disease, injury, and disability and to promote healthful behaviors that profoundly affect peoples health and the quality of their lives.
Critical to the success of these endeavors are CDCs partnerships with a variety of groupsstate and local health departments; other nations; other state, federal, and international agencies; educational institutions; philanthropic foundations; and professional, voluntary, and community-based organizations. We work in concert to do the following:
Strengthen essential public health services. These services comprise a host of activities, among them, monitoring health status to detect problems in the community; diagnosing and detecting health problems; informing and educating people about health issues in their communities and thus empowering them to take action to resolve those issues; and enforcing laws and regulations that protect public health.
Expand our capacity to respond to urgent health threats. By so doing, we improve our ability to predict public health challenges and to respond to them quickly and decisively.
Develop nationwide prevention strategies. Strategies that promote healthful behaviors and prevent chronic and infectious diseases, injuries, and disabilities will help make prevention a way of life for all people.
Promote womens health. Priorities include preventing deaths due to breast or cervical cancer and preventing HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, tobacco use, violence and violence-related injuries, and heart disease among women. The effort also encompasses promoting reproductive health and the health of women in their later years as well as promoting health in the environment and the workplace.
Invest in the health of our youth. Here, the focus is on the vulnerability of the nations youth to adopt unhealthful behaviors that lead to disease, death, and societal problems. Prevention strategies are directed at these public health issues: 1) the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; 2) violence, suicide, and other injuries; 3) sexual activities; 4) nutrition; 5) physical activity; 6) pregnancy; and 7) immunization.
CDCs Organization for Prevention
CDCs network of centers, institutes, and offices underscores the depth and breadth of its mission to promote health and the quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. CDCs workforce of more than 5800 people includes scientists, technicians, administrators, and support staff representing 167 occupations. About half of these employees work in Atlanta; the remainder work in a variety of settings throughout the nation and world. A brief glimpse of the CDCs network follows.